Celebrating the New Year in a safe manner
YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - This New Year’s weekend the Yuma Police Department (YPD) is warning locals to be on the lookout for those shooting a gun into the air, within the city limits.
YPD deals with numerous reports of 'shots fired" calls every New Year.
It’s something that could have a devastating ending.
In the state of Arizona, Shannon’s Law went into effect after a 14-year-old Phoenix girl died after being hit by a stray bullet.
Violating this law is a class six felony.
“We don't want to tell people not to have fun. Definitely not asking for that. But what we want is for those to celebrate in a safe way, what goes up comes down. And so just because you're shooting off around st in your house doesn't mean that it's going to come down exactly there. It's going to come down somewhere else,” Fernandez explained.
If you’re out on the roadways, as always, don’t drink and drive.
Both YPD and the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) will be looking out for those driving erratically or not obeying traffic laws.
If you do notice anything suspicious whether it be on the road or in your neighborhood contact your local law enforcement.